Published: Fri, November 16, 2018

United Nations envoy expected to confirm Yemen peace talks in Sweden

United Nations envoy expected to confirm Yemen peace talks in Sweden

Speaking to Asharq Al Awsat, Al Adini said that Al Islah's foreign policy initiatives are part and parcel of widespread efforts to shore up the freely elected government in Yemen.

Despite the defeat on Capitol Hill, the U.S.is still urging peace talks to move ahead and supporting U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, and this week, there were some important breakthroughs.

In fresh clashes between security forces and Houthis in Hodeidah city of Yemen 149 people have been killed.

"Does the United Kingdom want to impose its own agenda without taking into account the scale of losses suffered by the Yemenis", he said expressing anger towards bringing the battles in Hodeidah to a screeching halt despite victory against the Iran-aligned militia being so close amid reports of their fighters disbanding formations faster than what was expected.

For now, the offensive on Hodeida has been suspended by coalition forces, giving Mr Griffiths and the United Nations a small window to convene a new round of peace talks in Sweden, possibly by the end of the month.

Three military officials told the AFP news agency that pro-government forces were "ordered" to stop their assault against Houthi fighters until further notice, but would resume operations should the rebels attack.


"This shows that the humanitarian aid that comes to Yemen does not reach people who really need it. Distribution remains random", said his doctor, Amen al-Asli.

"It is quieter now but the fighting continues", said local Ibrahim Seif. The war and the accompanying blockade have also caused starvation across Yemen.

In the capital Sanaa, also under the Houthi control, a coalition airstrike hit the Sanaa International Airport in the evening, according to the residents and Houthi media.

Coalition airstrikes on the city, meanwhile, have continued.

"You can draw the Houthis in if you give them a stake in the political settlement and throw a lot of rials at them", the diplomat said, referencing the Iranian currency.

A heartfelt plea for an end to the fighting in Yemen has been issued by the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme as he concluded a three-day visit to the country which has become the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

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